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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

454   TALKS ON <( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "

number of new and very startling and disconcerting
facts. New discoveries are constantly turning up
as man evolves, and it is just as much so in the
higher fields as in the lower. ^A generation ago
many things, which are commonplaces of our
ordinary life now, would have been derided as
utterly impossible. I remember, for example, John
Bright, who in his way was a man of considerable
common-sense, absolutely ridiculing the idea that
it would be possible to travel at the rate of twenty
miles an hour. Nowadays we habitually travel faster
than that and have come to accept it as quite a
natural thing. It is distinctly useful for us, as stu-
dents of these higher matters, to try to get out of
the attitude of being bound by our preconceptions.
We must be prepared to welcome even revolutionary
truths w^hen they turn up. But while we are quite
prepared to receive them, we have the right to
demand that we shall to some extent understand
before accepting them ; for it is useless to accept any-
thing which- we cannot® rationally fit in with the
scheme of things. We must always be sufficiently
plastic to accept the new when it has good reason on
its side. If it has no apparent good reason, then we
should simply put it aside and say that we do not
see it yet; but we need not therefore condemn it,
nor condemn the people who hold it. The fact is
that truth is a very many-sided thing, and to see it
from all sides at once is not commonly given to one